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Swinburne partners with Titomic in space manufacturing

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Edinburgh, 1 September, 2021. – Swinburne University of Technology in Australia partners with Titomic to get one of their TKF1000 3D printing systems, of which only two exist in the world, the university said.

This is the first system at an Australian university and will allow access for students, researchers and industry partners as well. Supported by a $2.3 million Australian Government grant, the partnership is part of Swinburne’s space manufacturing facility.

Melbourne-based public company Titomic specialises in industrial-scale metal additive manufacturing. Their partnership will enable Swinburne to expand its manufacturing capabilities as the machine saves time, money and metal resources, the university said. It will be able to create stronger, lighter, environmentally responsible and more adequate space structures. Materials such as low carbon emission ‘green’ titanium will be used to produce rocket nozzles, satellite components, radiation shield coating and hypersonic protection.

The grant is a huge step in the international competition in space, director of Swinburne’s Space Technology and Industry Institute, professor Alan Duffy said. It opens new possibilities by combining advanced material science at Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) with innovative industrial additive manufacturing.

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